Sweetwater Gap (Women of Faith Fiction) Anyone who’s ever dealt with sibling rivalry and hidden secrets will relate to this new, well-crafted novel by Denise Hunter! I knew I’d love it when I saw the ‘Women of Faith Fiction’ logo on the cover. Josie Mitchell ran from home years ago, and she’s been running ever since. Finally settled into a life of her own, a call comes from back home. Nate, her brother-in-law, is irate. He’s tired of her neglect and her seeming indifference to her sister’s struggles keeping the family apple farm alive. But Josie isn’t the only family member keeping secrets. Her sister Laurel hasn’t been honest with her about the lost crop or about her pregnancy. When Josie agrees to come home for harvest, can the two sisters finally be open with one another? Their new manager doesn’t take an immediate liking to Josie upon her return.. . .
The Red Siren: Charles Towne Belle Series, Book 1 by Marylu Tyndall My review rating: 4 of 5 starsUpon starting this novel, I was not completely enthralled with the character of Faith. She is independent, and feminist, and arrogant. After learning her background and coming to understand her plight I was able to allow her into my heart more. My first adventure with MaryLu Tyndall’s The Falcon and the Sparrow was able to show me that MaryLu was a fabulous story teller. This book was able to show me that I want more and more and that the story is not long enough. I have not yet read her original pirate series, but now I must, as well as I cannot wait for the next in the Charles Towne Belle Series to come out. This book brings us three sisters with very different lives, a naval officer with a past. . .
It is time to play a Wild Card! Every now and then, a book that I have chosen to read is going to pop up as a FIRST Wild Card Tour. Get dealt into the game! (Just click the button!) Wild Card Tours feature an author and his/her book’s FIRST chapter! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today’s Wild Card author is: Tamara Leigh and the book: Faking Grace Multnomah Books (August 19, 2008) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Tamara Leigh is the best-selling author of eleven novels, including Perfecting Kate, Splitting Harriet, and Stealing Adda. She began writing romance novels to “get the stories out her head.” Over the course of one providential year, she gave birth to her first child, committed her life to Christ, gave up a career in speech pathology, and released her first novel. Tamara and her husband, David, live with. . .
This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducing Faking GraceMultnomah Books (August 19, 2008) byTamara LeighReview to come in a few weeks, when I’m unpacked… (sorry…) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: After Tamara Leigh earned a Master’s Degree in Speech and Language Pathology, she and her husband decided to start a family, with plans for Tamara to continue in her career once she became a mother. When the blessing of children proved elusive, Tamara became convicted to find a way to work out of her home in order to raise the children she and her husband longed to have. She turned to writing, at which she had only ever dreamed of being successful, and began attending church. Shortly thereafter, her agent called with news of Bantam Books’ offer of a four-book contract. That same day, Tamara’s pregnancy was confirmed. Within the next year, she gave up her speech pathology career, committed her life. . .
Twice Loved by Lori Copeland My review rating: 4 of 5 starsAs I have said before, I will now say again, I love Avon Inspire, and imprint of HarperCollins. And I absolutely love the covers of their books, not one book has been a disappointment to me yet! The only problem I did have with this cover, (it’s beautiful don’t get me wrong) the character is described with strawberry blonde hair??? How do I envision her with strawberry blonde, when the cover is very clearly toward an ebony? hmmm… Oh well, discrepancy aside, this is a delightful story. In my opinion the tale of Willow Madison is right up there with the likes of Tamera Alexander, Tracey Bateman, and Tracie Peterson. Just wonderful and a great read. There were a few sections that seemed to jump in the characters growing, but it flowed well enough and I loved it. View. . .
Go back here to see my review, and go back one more day here to see a trailer for the book. It is just to die for! Click here for a peek at the first chapter (on my blog). – MJ This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducingFalcon And The Sparrow(Barbour Publishing, Inc – August 1, 2008)byM. L. Tyndall ABOUT THE AUTHOR:M. L. (MARYLU) TYNDALL grew up on the beaches of South Florida loving the sea and the warm tropics. But despite the beauty around her, she always felt an ache in her soul–a longing for something more. After college, she married and moved to California where she had two children and settled into a job at a local computer company. Although she had done everything the world expected, she was still miserable. She hated her job and her marriage was falling apart. Still searching for purpose, adventure and true. . .
Go back here to see my review, and go back one more day here to see a trailer for the book. It is just to die for! – MJ It is time to play a Wild Card! Every now and then, a book that I have chosen to read is going to pop up as a FIRST Wild Card Tour. Get dealt into the game! (Just click the button!) Wild Card Tours feature an author and his/her book’s FIRST chapter! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today’s Wild Card author is: Marylu Tyndall and her book: The Falcon and the Sparrow Barbour Publishing, Inc (August 1, 2008) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: MaryLu spent her early years in South Florida where she fell in love with the ocean and the warm tropical climate. After moving to California with her husband, she graduated from college and worked. . .
The Falcon and The Sparrow by Marylu Tyndall My review rating: 5 of 5 starsAbsolute on the edge of your seat, page turner, with unexpected twists and turns full of wonderful action until the end! The Falcon and the Sparrow is a masterful book taking place in London during the Napoleonic wars with France. The imagery presented by Tyndall is incredible. I could picture every scene, the people, places, and the food. I could smell the sea water and rain as well a hint of the other not so pleasant smells. London was given a full picture that agrees with all history I have known so far as being very accurate. After having recently seen the film “Amazing Grace” and reading the book Once Blind it was nice again in this story to see a dear friend John Newton. This book is incredible. It is definitely on my favorite list.. . .
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A Passion Most Pure by Julie Lessman My review rating: 5 of 5 stars First for just a slight blurb review… Passion is an amazing gift that has been granted to us mere beings from our heavenly Father. It is a story set in Southie Boston and Ireland during the time of the First Great World War, but the issues broached are timeless in the worlds of men and women. When I first saw the cover of this book, it looked like something that I would enjoy. It was when I first got my hands on a copy and read the back and examined the cover in more detail, that I was fairly certain that this story was definitely something that I would enjoy. A Passion Most Pure is by far, one of the best books that I have ever read in my entire life. I like it better than. . .
Today’s Wild Card is Calico Canyon by Mary Connealy, but before I give you a blurb and first chapter of it, I want to give you my review of Petticoat Ranch. On Wednesday, I’ll bring you a review of Calico Canyon. Petticoat Ranch by Mary Connealy My review rating: 5 of 5 starsHistorical fiction is my favorite Christian fiction genre I believe. It is how I got started reading Christian fiction, one problem with it, is that some how I seem to have started with the best and often have a hard time finding anything that really meets the par. Things are great and enjoyable, but not quite as exciting as those first Liz Curtis Higgs or Tracie Peterson and even Francine Rivers‘ Redeeming Love. Well, boy is that not the case with Mary Connealy! Welcome to my favorites’ shelf! (Literally I do have a favorites’ shelf, if my mom. . .
This week, theChristian Fiction Blog Allianceis introducing From A Distance(Bethany House June 1, 2008)byTamera Alexander Book was detained, I will read this and write a review and I cannot wait. Oh, and btw Tamera is a fellow GACS persona! MJABOUT THE AUTHOR: Tamera Alexander is a bestselling novelist whose deeply drawn characters, thought-provoking plots and poignant prose resonate with readers. Tamera is a finalist for the 2008 Christy Award Remembered, and has been awarded the coveted RITA® from Romance Writers of America Revealed, along with Library Journal’s Top Christian Fiction of 2006 Rekindled. Having lived in Colorado for seventeen years, she and her husband now make their home in the quaint town of historic Franklin, Tennessee, where they enjoy life with their two college-age children and a precious—and precocious—silky terrier named Jack. A Note from Tamera: Stories are journeys, and each story I write is a journey for me. Rekindled. . .
This week, the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance is introducing Distant Heart (Avon Inspire January 2, 2008) by Tracey Bateman To find out more about this book immediately, go to the CFBA blog and see what they had to say… Distant Heart is the sequel to Defiant Heart and therefore, I feel that I should tell you about Defiant Heart first. The book ends very abruptly to me it seems, but… I have the sequel on my bookshelf, so I’m OK. Fannie’s life has seen rough days, she has lost both of her parents, left to take care of her younger twin siblings and sold by her supposed loving step-father immediately after her mother’s death in childbirth to a stillborn. The man the three children were indentured to let the year of the contract end date come and go and the future looked bleak for nothing would change for Fannie and. . .
I just finished reading Tamera Alexander’s current Trilogy. It was thoroughly enjoyable, it was better with every new twist and turn. Rekindled/Revealed/Remembered (Fountain Creek Chronicles 1-3) by Tamera Alexander published 2007 by Bethany House Publishers binding Paperback isbn 0764283464 (isbn13: 9780764283468) pages 1024 description This popular three-book series features a different romance in each novel. In the late 1860s, Colorado Territory is a wild and untamed land. Nestled …more [close] This popular three-book series features a different romance in each novel. In the late 1860s, Colorado Territory is a wild and untamed land. Nestled within its mountains and sustained by one of its major creeks, three couples find adventure and love on the frontier. Each person will be called upon to stand on nothing more than faith, risk what is most dear, and turn away from the past in order to follow God’s plan for the future. Titles include Rekindled,. . .